MSP in English

Maritime Spatial Plan (MSP) of Latvia is a national level long-term (up to 12 years) spatial development planning document that shall define the use of the sea, considering a terrestrial part that is functionally interlinked with the sea and co-ordinating interests of various sectors and local governments in use of the sea. The MSP covers territorial waters (out to 12 nautical miles) and Exclusive economic zone (from 12 nautical mile).

MSP consist of the following components:

1.Explanatory note, which includes an assessment of the current situation and trends.

2. Strategic Part, which includes a long-term development vision on the use of the sea for next 12 years; strategic development priorities; goals and tasks to achieve the goals; development guidelines and principles.

3. Description of allowed marine uses which includes strategic scenarios for the use of the sea and their assessment to define optimal solution for the use of the sea; categories and types of allowed use of the sea; conditions for the use of the sea defined for each category and types of the use.

4. Graphical part, which contains a map of the use of the sea, a map on marine allowed uses and, if necessary, thematic maps and schematic maps.

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In the frame of the Baltic SCOPE project the brochure “Development of a Maritime Spatial Plan: The Latvian Recipe” was prepared. It describes the methodology used to develop the Maritime Spatial Plan (MSP) for the internal waters, territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Latvia.

The brochure aims to share experiences of Latvia. Special attention is paid to issues related to an ecosystem-based approach, stakeholder involvement and transboundary consultation. The target group of the brochure is policy makers and practitioners working with development and spatial planning issues related to marine resources and space.